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city chic blue suit

Posted by helen on July 29, 2016

City Chic:

City Crap:


the doll has lots scratches on her body, a lopsided face.  the outfits not only cheap & unfit, the factory workers also left Shiny Iron scorch marks which caused discolorations.

some alterations are made,  the peplum at the bottom of the skirt  has turned into puritan collars, still cheap-looking,  b/c the nylon fabric is not apparel quality:

A new makeover & a new  Summer Sundress:

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URBFC 2016 Barbie Convention Raffle Dolls

Posted by helen on July 23, 2016

I was asked to make 2016 convention Raffle dolls for the URBFC club nearly a  year ago, but I didn’t do a thing until there was absolutely no time left. I’m not attending Barbie Convention,  I had to finish them then send to a friend who drove to the Convention early this week.  I managed to rush them out on last Thursday via Priority 2 Day Mail,   it was a 6 LBS package, the postage cost me an arm & a leg–that’s a punishment for being late.

if you are a regular convention raffle room goer, you probably know that URBFC’s donation has always been  one large lot that includes  many outfits, accessories, furniture, etc.  but this year,  one of the  Raffle Chairs said to me she may split the donation  into 2 lots, I m not sure what the final decision is..  One-lot is more exciting for the Winner,  2-lots would have more winners (perhaps not, one lucky  person can win both)

I m posting the part I have done,  I don’t know what other members have donated, would like to see them.

“All Star” Pop Portraits

A dropwaist ballgown features the old Hollywood stars Barbie & ken have portrayed. Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Liz Taylor, Vivien Leigh, Audrey Hepburn, James Dean… all are on one screen.

The original doll was LuciAna, Donated by our club member Cat.  I gave her a makeover to match the dress.

“Love” earrings.


The other doll is Poseable,  she was the Little Black Dress, donated by our club president Mike.  as many people don’t like her unflattering elbow joints,  I decided to let her wear long sleeve Jumpsuit, so  the joints would not be seen.

The doll dresses up for one of Convention  themes “Urban Graffiti” ,  The fabric design was inspired by the famous Graffiti Wall in NYC (Bowery Mural)   I took a photo of the wall then photoshopped  some Barbie heads on it.

I confess,  the original plan was to make the red couch and pose the doll just like they way Andy Warhol sit. but I ran out of time and could not find all the Materials I needed to make the Couch in time.  so  she sits on the floor.  😦

Then I remembered the Popsicle Chair I made, although badly painted, its better than Floor. lol


adding a couple of fashion packs, they all fit Poseable silkstone:

after looking at these photos again, I noticed I forgot to sew a couple of faux buttons at the front of the dress. that’s what happens when everything is done in a big rush.

Happy Convention to all the Convention Attendees.


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Happy Memorial Day

Posted by helen on May 30, 2016

This is my new Wonder Woman.

Happy Memorial Day

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Psychedelic –bring in the colors

Posted by helen on May 26, 2016

life is more than “black & white”, life is…colorful. Barbie needs colors anyway…


Monochrome vs Psychedelic:

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Black & White Collection: Fashion & Illusion

Posted by helen on May 19, 2016

Mattel’s Designers have completed their “Black & White” Platinum Collection for Barbie, my “Black White” Titanium Collection has just begun.
Making my debut–

the first one up: Fashion & Illusion –Mistresses of the Universe

Marilyn Monroe & Barbie, who is your fantasy?

Fashion inspired by Dolce & Gabbana 2009 Fall Collection

It takes Mattel 4 years to complete its “Black White” collection, not sure how long it will take me to finish my run… I have ideas but no driving force…
My plan for the next one is “Black & White: Yin & yang”

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New Look: Misty Copeland

Posted by helen on May 17, 2016

Misty Copeland doll has gone through Hair Transplant surgery, I gave her a head of new hair and a new body.

The Glued Hair:

With New Hair:  she will need a better facial makeover, I’ll repaint her again when I am in good mood.

The doll looks nothing like Misty Copeland, since I don’t need a role model at this stage of my life, the “Likeness” doesn’t matter to me. the Face Sculpt itself is good enough to make a nice addition to my collection.

Just as I predicted, her price would be low at “Amazon Warehouse Deals” –this morning her price was $23.07.  if you keep waiting,  most likely, you will find her at $15 very soon.


She is still available on Amazon & Walmart Websites at regular price $29.99 or $29.97.  How funny an eBay seller listed her for $325 plus $15 shipping & an Amazon receipt. if only someone can help me to understand the Mentality of this seller:  Why would he want to give a buyer an Amazon receipt that stated the doll is $29.99 if the buyer actually pays $340? To prove his honesty?

blah—This face mold actually looks like Donald Trump’s 3rd wife. I am not a fan of this couple…

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Misty Copeland Barbie, is she collectible?

Posted by helen on May 14, 2016


I received the Misty Copeland doll, oh, how much I wish I did NOT buy her.

her head is full of glue, her body is badly made: large holding marks on both sides of her neck, deep scratches on both arms, rough seams on legs, her arms are not evenly varnished, so they are partially shiny and partially Matte. the sewn-on fashion is made of cheap stretchy polyester knit & tulle, the head-piece is more ridiculous!

my $9.99 Ever After High dolls come with much better fashion.  This Misty Copeland doll should cost no more than $7.99.  as she is no better than these Fashionistas Barbie that Amazon sells for $7.94.

I bought the Misty doll only b/c I want to collect the new head sculpt. but a glue-filled head requires a lot of cleaning job to make her collectible.

I wish Mattel would explain to collectors why Wax Glue has to be used,  not only the glue seeps out & makes the hair greasy & dirty, the glue also deforms the head,  glued-filled dolls have lopsided faces. when the glue turns into yellow, the doll head will also turn into yellow. you can easily see it on light skinned dolls— it happened on my Twilight Saga Victoria doll, the back of her neck turned into yellow.

I m adding a new rule to my “purchase guideline”— I will not buy dolls with glue inside their heads. as I have had enough. these birthday wishes, its a girl, city shoppers, happy holidays 2013, 2014, 2015, to catch a thief Grace Kelly, Roman Holiday Audrey Hepburn, Barbie Loves Sinatra Barbie loves Elvis, Cheerleaders, Mermaid,   landmark collections, Museum collections, then & now, twilight saga, dolls of the world 2012 …. the list is too long…

hopefully, Misty would be my last glued head. This doll does not have the quality to be “collectible”

the seams on legs look so awful, but mine isn’t the worst, there are much worse ones that people posted on Facebook & youtube.

The arms look bad, too:

I guess you will soon find this doll $15 through “Amazon Warehouse Deals”.

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Exploring the “Posebilities”

Posted by helen on April 29, 2016

Its been  nearly 3 months since I purchased my first “Poseable silkstone” Barbie. I didn’t like her elbow joints, I still don’t.  they are really ugly. the only way to make the doll look flattering is to cover up the joints.

this new body sculpt is quite different from the original Silkstone’s.  this doll is supper skinny, her hip is smaller than Model Muse dolls’, her upper torso is too short,  you really have to “pick & choose” what’s suitable for her,  she just can’t wear every style you want her to model.


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Something Red

Posted by helen on April 17, 2016

Many Silkstone Fans now have seen the new 2016 Poseable Silkstone “City Chic” Barbie.  The blue suit was “inspired” by Oscar De La Renta 2016 Resort collection “Lightweight Double-face Wool Crepe Ruffle Jacket & Skirt”.

My dolls like Red better than Blue….. I knew from the beginning  this would not be  a best design for a tiny 12″ doll,  b/c of the miniature scale,  its  almost impossible to  make the spiral ruffle cascade down like waterfall flowing.  some online photos showed that Mattel’s Sample Makers really struggled to make it right. First  they used  the self-fabric to make the ruffle, later changed to chiffon… the outcome is still not satisfying….

I  gave it a try anyway…  the ruffles also look awful, I m not fond of it.  I have another pc of red fabric probably is more suitable for this style, but I m done… its not a cost-effective design.

city chic Barbie

city chic Barbie

city chic Barbie

“City chic” was supposed to be the “Fan Club” Exclusive.
Mattel put a half of the sketch of this doll on its website and believed it was good enough to lure people to join the Fan club.
Now Mattel has realized this is not a good design for its Fan Club, so the tiny sketch has been removed from its website and replaced with a doll wearing Pink Gown… the Pink Gown will be the new “exclusive”

My doll is wearing only one shoe, b/c I only found one. the other one is missing.


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Luciana’s outfits

Posted by helen on April 10, 2016

This is Poor Luciana’s best outfits as a wedding guest:

Luciana was a $100 doll, but $100 doesn’t guarantee quality outfits.  The crooked neckline or lopsided collars are expected. I would be surprised if the dress were neatly sewn.

I imagine Luciana is the Great-grandmother of our Bride Principessa.  her fashion is so outdated but she wants to pass it down to Barbie…

A little alteration is needed…

Mix &  Match:

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